Sermon Archive : Jered Weber-Johnson

11/15/20 - Investing in Justice

A few weeks ago my paternal grandmother sold the family home in rural Ohio. None of us was too sad, she sold it to my cousin, so it stays in the family. Yet more than 60 years in one home meant that it was the ending of an era. There are so many stories and memories held in the walls and floors of that old house. And, there’s treasure there […]

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11/01/20 - Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

My ordained ministry began on a boat in a storm in deep grief. Days after my ordination to the transitional diaconate, and before graduating seminary, I returned home to Alaska to commit my father’s ashes to the sea – it was my first act of ordained ministry. My father had taken his own life in January of my senior year, and a few months later we were home, very pregnant […]

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10/25/20 - Choose Love

    This morning’s gospel lesson from Matthew gives us that famous line present in some form or another in all three of the synoptic gospels, of the two greatest commandments – Love God with your whole self (heart, mind, and soul), and love your neighbor as yourself! Author M. Scott Peck famously described love as “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or […]

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10/04/20 - Finding God In the Dark

Year A, Proper 22 In the early 2000s, artist and musician Ben Gibbard was in a time of relative ease and success. He had, as yet, not experienced much by way of loss, and still in his 20s, he’d achieved both economic and critical success in his band Death Cab for Cutie. It was during this time that Gibbard began to wrestle with and explore themes of mortality and death, […]

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09/06/20 - Owing Love

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 18, Year A Owe no one anything! So says Paul today in his letter to the church in Rome, and so says the financial wisdom that has governed so much of my adult life. Owe no one anything! We at Saint John’s are embarking on a project of examining our money narratives during the month of September, exploring the stories and memories, our life’s accumulated […]

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